English Player Premier League Goals Table
This is one of those hypothetical statistic trivia kind of deals, which can be a bit hit and miss, but this one I found quite interesting and amusing. Opta have essentially compiled the most racist of league tables – a world where only English player’s goals count! Imagine if that rule actually came in…certainly Manchester City would have wasted an awful lot of money.
Cast your mind back a a few seasons ago and there was always a decent representation of Villa players in the England team with the likes of Ashley Young, James Milner, Gareth Barry, Darren Bent and Stewart Downing all featuring. Nowadays, it’s a different story and the above table suggests that in the attacking half of the field, present day Villa don’t really possess much English goal threat.
Out of the 31 goals Villa have scored so far this season, a mere six of them were scored by English players. That’s 19%. A certain Belgian, on his own, has bagged 29% (nine) of Villa’s league goals this season, and he’s meant to be having an average season.
Villa’s top scoring English players in the league are Gabriel Agbonlahor (three) and Fabian Delph (two), and they are pretty much the only Villa players really capable of contributing to Villa’s scoring tally.
Still, it could be worse. Check out ‘Le Newcastle’, not one goal has come from the boot or head of an English player, while a solitary James Milner strike is the only one of Manchester City’s 69-goal haul this season that came from a domestic player.
In short, judging by the above table, if England are to do anything at the World Cup, it’ll probably be down to the Liverpool, Southampton and Manchester United contingent to fly the flag. It’s almost enough to make you want to support Belgium instead. UTV